- Photograph the varied and colourful wildlife of Madagascar on our small group trip
- Benefit from Sue Flood's expert photographic tuition throughout the trip
- Encounter chameleons, frogs, dancing sifakas, indris and numerous other endemic species
- Visit the spectacular Avenue of the Baobabs and watch as the sun sets over this iconic sight
Join Sue Flood on a photographic journey around Madagascar, guided by a local wildlife expert and using private charter flights. Witness sifakas dance in the forests of Berenty, hear indris howl in the mountains of Andasibe and watch the sun set over the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs.
This specialist, small group photographic holiday takes a maximum of just nine people and is hosted by professional photographer, Sue Flood. Joining her will be brilliant Malagasy guide, Charles, who has worked with Sue before and is an expert on the country’s exciting wildlife.
This trip offers a diversity of habitats and wildlife, beginning with Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This mountainous forested reserve is home to the world’s largest lemur, the indri, as well as a variety of other photogenic animals, including other lemur species, chameleons and frogs.
From here, fly south by private charter, to the Berenty Reserve, on Madagascar’s southern coast. Here, spot the famous ring tailed lemurs and get close to the extraordinary sifakas, as they dance across the dusty ground. Beautiful but rarely still, these lemurs pose an exciting challenge for keen photographers.
Afterwards, head north and fly to the dry forest of Kirindy, on the western coast. Explore this lowland environment, which supports an entirely different array of wildlife to the cool mountains of Andasibe, including brown lemurs. The fossa, the island’s only predator, can be spotted, although it is elusive. Whilst here, visit the nearby Avenue of the Baobabs at sunset, a spectacular time for photography.
Finish at Anjajavy, located further up the remote western coast. Only accessible by private plane and with its own exclusive beach, Anjajavy is the perfect ending to any trip to Madagascar. Take to the seas in a kayak, visit the local fishing village on market day and take guided walks in the lodge’s private nature reserve, home to Coquerel’s sifakas and spiny iguanas.
"I was blown away by my first visit to Madagascar in 2015 and was lucky to have some close encounters with many of the wonderful lemurs - including common brown, eastern grey bamboo lemurs, red bellied lemurs, red fronted brown lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs, the indri, grey brown mouse lemur, white footed sportive lemur, Verreaux's sifaka and, of course, the ring tailed lemur. But as well as the wonderful mammals, the bird life was spectacular. Madagascar is a paradise for photographers and biologists, and Charles was a brilliant guide, who will be working with me again to ensure that guests get the most out of this adventure. We’re going to be visiting a diverse range of habitats to make the most of our photographic opportunities." - Sue Flood
WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION?
Accommodation mainly consists of small, authentic camps, with an emphasis on comfort. All have private bathrooms. At Camp Amoureux facilities are more basic: two-man dome tents, with a private toilet and shower behind each one. However, there is no other option and the camp is chosen for its access to wildlife. Anjajavy, with its beautiful beachfront villas, adds a dose of luxury at the end of the trip.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A TYPICAL DAY?
Early starts are guaranteed, as the wildlife is mostly active during the morning. Generally, you will then return to camp around mid-morning, then head out again in the early afternoon, as the temperature cools.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
September is the perfect time to go, as it is when the spring arrives, after the rains have ended. This is also when the lemurs have their babies and the birds start nesting. Furthermore, the rising temperatures cause reptiles to become more active.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it. Whilst many of the walks are easy, the temperatures do warm up during the day. The west coast in particular is hotter than the rest of the country, so you need to be comfortable walking in slightly warmer temperatures. We avoid the hottest part of the day.
WHAT WILDLIFE WILL I SEE?
In Andasibe, you can expect to see the indri (the largest lemur) and plenty of other lemurs, whilst Berenty is home to sifakas. In Kirindy, the brown lemur is most prolific but the big draw here is the cat-like fossa, Madagascar’s only large carnivore.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.